Mysterious Bitcoin Dip-Buyer Identified

Tyler Durden's picture

Amid the cataclymsic collapse of Bitcoin late on Friday night, the crypto currency suddenly saw a large buyer step in as prices plummeted below $6000. We now have an idea who that buyer of last resort was...

As a result of a giant publicity effort from its proponents, BCH saw mass investment as it heads towards a potentially contentious hard fork set for just after 7 p.m. GMT today. The failure of SegWit2x, coupled with endorsement from the soon-to-be-defunct Bitcoin Classic team meant BCH became the major ‘competitor’ to Bitcoin over the weekend.

But, as Reuters reports, former Fortress macro hedge fund manager Mike Novogratz - who we most recently profiled here - told Reuters Global 2018 Investment Outlook Summit in New York that he bought $15 to $20 million worth of Bitcoin over the weekend in that recent pullback.

The billionaire says his crypto fund 'Galaxy Investment Partners' owns Bitcoin, Ethereum, and many other companies, and coins.

“The institutionalization of this space is coming. It’s coming pretty quick,” he said.

Novogratz said he expects major financial firms will soon start to offer bitcoin or similar products as an investment option, one that could be easily purchased over the phone.

“When it’s that easy, the price of bitcoin or ethereum is going to go much higher. And that is a lot closer than people think,”

His biggest regret this year has been not buying more cryptocurrencies when prices fell, because he knew that they would keep going up. He sees bitcoin, for instance, hitting $10,000 by March.

Novogratz previously said that, while bitcoin is a bubble, the mania is justified, because it is a technological advancement that promises to fundamentally alter our lives.

"I can hear the herd coming" Novogratz said.

And bubble or not, Novogratz concluded eloquently on the extreme nature of cryptocurrencies' potential...

“Remember, bubbles happen around things that fundamentally change the way we live,” he said.


“The railroad bubble. Railroads really fundamentally changed the way we lived. The internet bubble changed the way we live. When I look forward five, 10 years, the possibilities really get your animal spirits going.”

Bitcoin is set to become "the biggest bubble of our time," he added, and could reach $10,000 very soon due to fast-building interest.

But, we also note that Bank of Japan Governor Kuroda made some fascinating comments earlier that appeared to suggest selling yen and buying bitcoin:

Haruhiko Kuroda says he doesn’t “see any serious problem arriving from cryptocurrencies at the moment.”


“We are carefully watching the development,” he says at an event of the Schweizerisches Institut für Auslandforschung on Monday in Zurich.


Additionally, Bloomberg reported that Kurodas warned "Japan's high debt-to-GDP ratio is not sustainable."

And as the chart below shows, the buying binge overnight really struck as Japan opened...

This move comes on the heels of American venture capital investor Tim Draper's comments (founder of the Silicon Valley VC firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson) that fiat currencies will no longer be in use in five year's time as they are to be replaced by cryptocurrencies.

At the WebSummit conference in Lisbon, Portugal, he told Forbes the fiat system will eventually disappear as people look toward coins like bitcoin or ethereum. He says its because fiat currencies are bound by country borders.


“In five years, if you try to use fiat currency they will laugh at you. Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies will be so relevant … there will be no reason to have the fiat currencies,” he said.


An unabashed promoter of cryptocurrencies, Draper said he fell in love with bitcoin not long after it was introduced in 2009. He bought 30,000 coins in 2014 (at about $600 each); they are now valued at over $214 million.


“This is the greatest technology since the internet,’’ said the investor. “This is a sociological transformation, it’s a movement.’’


He also said that bitcoin will divide the financial services industry, at least initially.


“There will be a few who embrace it and jump out front and say, ‘This is important’ and then there are going to be those who jump back and say, ‘I’m going to cling to the past, and I’m going to hold onto everything I’ve got.’ And you know who wins then,” Draper said. “It’s always progress, it’s always technology.’’


Talking at the conference, he said investors should thoroughly study who’s running the ICOs and whether their business plans seem legitimate.


Draper has rejected the possibility of the cryptocurrency market imploding like the dotcom boom in the late ‘90s, saying “people are always going to say there’s a problem, and that usually means there’s a lot more upside.”

Finally we leave you with Dennis Gartman's comments tonight on bitcoin:

"this is a market for criminals and millennials."

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maxblockm's picture

It's an open source program, used in consensus. You can't change something and "not tell anyone." To change something, you have to tell everyone, and they* have to say ok.

I don't know they exact numbers...sometimes it's a majority, sometimes a supermajority.

J Mahoney's picture

Kinda like the voting machines we are supposed to trust?

robertocarlos's picture

Congress. Oh yeah. Never mind.

Debugas's picture

i do not like forks

they look dangerous

floosy's picture

“In five years, if you try to use fiat currency they will laugh at you. Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies will be so relevant … there will be no reason to have the fiat currencies,” he said.

Yeah OK, silicon valley douche bag.  I'll ask when the local traders around here in the mountains where there is little to no internet access are going to be converting to Crypto only transactions shall I?  Fucking hell, where I live there are plenty of people who won't even do any form of online purchases or banking and they are not alone. 

Here's the rub...all these Crypto pumpers are tech douche bags that live in major cities where they have fiber and 4G all the time and spend their lives on or around the internet.  There are billions of people who do not.

quasi_verbatim's picture

Animal spirits didn't stop the herd being loaded onto railcars for the slaughterhouse at the end of the Crypto-Union Pacific line.

peterk's picture

people think that governments  will allow there GREATEST ASSET.."MONEY PRINTING" to just  be wiped away by cryptos.


OR for that matter that BANKS will allow cryptos to  run their FIAT operations to zero value.

right.. thats surely going to be allowed to happpen.


just the tip's picture

the possibilities really get your animal spirits going.”

so.  that's what drives you finance people in the markets.  it finally comes out.  that's really what's going on here at ZH.  which one of the podestas runs ZH?

Fireman's picture

Now that the Bonanza cattle rustlers are riding roughshod on the plains, high time to get the bovine herd stampeding before the banksters introduce the all new all rigged Fedcon! For the chance of a few virtual bucks the steers will jump the chasm every time.

Just can't wait for the cull




"All watched over by machines of loving grace"

Onward to the harvest of lectric tulips!

any_mouse's picture

Okay, in a nutshell, the thing that can't possibly be fucked with, is being fucked with.

And if Bitcoin becomes unpopular, like AOL and MySpace, Bitcoin will become useless with no miners to provide the blockchain processing power.

Cool. And the Bitcoin Futures market hasn't opened.

Panic Mode's picture

It will go crypto for sure, no doubt about that but it won't be your beloved crypto. The gov & banks will use their own cryptos to front run everyone.

zer0's picture

Crypto's, a bankers dream.

Decoherence's picture

With no regulation in this industry, this petrified fool could have agreed to buy and sell back and forth with another fool like himself for hours on end until the price was back up to where more fools were comfortable entering the market.  Like thirsty wildebeests drinking from a crock pond.  I think that is the animal instint he's trying to instill in others.  I've tried to fall in love with Bitcoin but just can't shake the feeling this is going to end in tears for many people.  I wish I bought it at $600 a coin, but at 6-7K a coin I think it's madness, although this may very well go higher.  As this gets more and more expensive and volume grows, it will take more institutional buyers to keep driving the price up because no one else will be able to afford it.  If more and more capitial is taken out of markets, there will eventually be zero return on capital for businesses transacting in fiat.  If that happens, governments will have to buy out Bitcoin and adopt their own as a national currency to save businesses, otherwise there will no reason for anyone to take on risk by borrowing money from banks and operate a business because the real return on capital will never outpace inflation.  And there would be no reason for banks to loan money and take that risk; then markets freeze up.  if that happens, governments won't be making any tax revenue because it will be locked up in cybperspace and non-bitcoin owners would be in abject poverty.  So what would governments have to lose at that point?  Either way they go broke and watch their spenders and corporations die off in poverty.  The only way I see this working out for Bitcoin investors is if the government makes their own crypto and agrees to buy out every Bitcoin owner at elevated prices in exchange for forcing them into their own new government digital money they can once again manipulate and be happy with.  OR maybe we are truly watching the end play out right now with crypto.  The real problem is the US is bleeding out because oil is too expensive to extract.  Compounding debt for energy companies and soon to be diminished oil reserves.  Without energy, there is no economy.   

robertocarlos's picture

Government should not buy out BTC. Just issue a new currency backed by labour.

I don't need no stinking oil, I run on cheeseburgers.

moorewasthebestbond's picture

Giant EMP please.


The sooner  Bitcoin articles disappear from the 'hedge the better.

silverer's picture

"The billionaire says his crypto fund 'Galaxy Investment Partners' owns Bitcoin, Ethereum, and many other companies, and coins."

Digital currency, the new billionaire's playground. Enter at your own risk.

Rick Cerone's picture

Bitcoin trading at 5500.

Not much of a bounce.

We will see 5100 this week.

Northern Flicker's picture

I have several reservations about bitcoin I would welcome comment on.

1) Cliff High talks about bitcoin moving into an early adoption phase (soon) when it will really take off.  However, normally that phase is accompanied by lower prices.  At the present rate, the BTC price will be going thru the roof.  I don't see that attracting a wide market.

2) I can't see how the slow transaction rate will ever be solved with BTC (maybe some other crypto?).

3) The high price of bitcoin will limit it's use.

iamrefreshed's picture

Funny how Tmosley mentioned trading all his BTC for BCH AFTER the price turn.

He's brilliant....I mean his hindsight is anyway.

Nature_Boy_Wooooo's picture

Word on the streets is that China is cracking down on miners as we speak. Not good news if you sold all of your BTC for BCH.

Fools and their money will soon be separated.



CPL's picture

Wheels fall off the cargo wagon in two months and this is all over for all of you as there will no longer be a vechicle to continue 'planet earth'.  All of it.

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Current specials available are the Patel family available as one unit.  Suitable for mining, hard labour and fucking.  All the women and children have been baselined with the old CIA pussy cat reprogramming so they all fuck, clean, cook and serve.  The men have been broken properly using old Jesuit reconditioning and the agressive nature of the Patels has been broken.   For all 340 Patels as one package, it will cost 12 BTC to obtain a brothel and mining staff in one purchase.  Plus you can breed them and make it all back.



Two Theives and a Liar's picture


This isn't the Podesta Crypto thread. 

koan's picture

Dennis Gartman "this is a market for criminals and millennials."

OK, but is it making money>?

Golden Phoenix's picture

Still sticking with 'BCH nothingburger by Tuesday and Bitcoin putting in its final bar of this retracement leg if it hasn't already'.

Gone Galt's picture

What a bullshit story.   The dip buyers were smart traders who used a modicum of TA and found a great place to pick up cheap BTC, which were subsequently unloaded in the last hour.  You're welcome.